No Freeze -- Yet -- On 'Franken FMs'
August 28, 2009 at 4:47 AM (PT)
The BROADCAST MAXIMIZATION COMMITTEE has requested, but not yet received an "emergency freeze" on filings for operation of low-power DTV transmitters, including translators, on Channels 5 and 6, reports TELEVISIONBROADCAST.COM.
BMC, an organization of consulting engineers and other broadcast industry reps, was formed to promote the use of that part of the spectrum (76-88 MHz) for low-power FM stations, non-commercial and AM broadcasters in the post-DTV transition environment. The reports says "the group is concerned that the FCC’s JUNE 29th Public Notice on filing LPTV and translator applications could jeopardize the its proposal for expanding of the FM band."
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The BMC’s AUGUST 5th letter wrote that the FCC is still requiring "non-commercial educational FM stations, which operate at the lower end of the current 88-108 MHz FM band, to protect Channel 6 television operations until further notice." The BMC called this "disparate treatment," as new LPTV and translator applicants were not required to provide such protection.
TELEVISIONBROADCAST also reports The BMC letter further stated that it was "likely that new digital television stations on Channel 6 could cause interference to existing FM stations, due to the FCC’s DTV emission mask requiring that signals only be attenuated by 47 dB within 500 kHz of a TV transmitter’s band edge."
The BMC urged the commission to rule on the legality of such "Franken-FM" broadcasting activities, but they weren’t covered in the freeze request.